Summary: In my Revelation sermon series, this sermon works for Easter Sunday.
DEFEAT TURNED TO VICTORY!
1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
2Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"
3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
4So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
5But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."
6And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
8Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by
Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth."
11Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne,
the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten
thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,
12saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive
power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and
Today is Easter Sunday.
Originally, I had planned to set aside
our sermon series on Revelation
and preach on a Bible passage about the resurrection.
However, the Holy Spirit led me to a passage in Revelation
that I think works well for Easter.
Today we are going to jump ahead to Chapter 5.
We know that Jesus came to John
while he was a prisoner on Patmos Island.
Jesus tells John to write down what he is told.
What John wrote down is the Book of Revelation.
So what we see in today's passage
is a description of what John saw in a vision.
Chapter 5 begins with a scene in Heaven.
John sees God the Father seated on the throne.
In His hand there is a scroll.
There is writing on both sides of this scroll
and it is sealed with 7 seals.
John hears a loud voice spoken by a strong angel
asking for someone to open the scroll,
but no one is found who is able to open it.
John seems to know this scroll is very important.
He desperately wants to know what it says.
The thought that it won't be revealed
causes John to weep bitterly.
Today's passage in Revelation Chapter 5
contains 2 oxymorons.
What is an oxymoron?
Oxymoron is a figure of speech
in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect.
The first oxymoron is The Lion was a lamb.
Suddenly, John is told: "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."
John immediately turns expecting to see a great lion.
He is expecting to see Jesus, the Lion,
tear the seals off the scroll with His great claws
and reveal its contents.
What does John see?
HE DOES NOT SEE A LION.
HE SEES A LAMB.
That must have been a big surprise for John.
Instead of seeing a fierce lions, he sees only a lamb.
Now, the original Greek word used here for "lamb"
actually speaks of a "pet lamb".
It is a lamb of complete innocence and helplessness.
However, this innocent lamb has death wounds.
It was a slaughtered lamb!
It is a very graphic and ugly scene.
Since John was a Jew
he would have associated this lamb with the Passover Lamb.
He might have remembered the words of John the Baptist
who referred to Jesus
as the one who would make atonement saying,
"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Hebrews 9:28 tells us, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.